‘Vaughan Williams with Gustav Holst, taking a rest from one of their ‘field day’ walks.
150 Events & Concerts: Eastern Counties
Below is a list of events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams. For more concert information, please see our Concerts page.
All Information on this page is subject to confirmation and we do not accept responsibility for changes.
Vaughan Williams in the Eastern Counties
Saturday, March 19
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Dona Nobis Pacem
Also: Sibelius Symphony No.2
Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Alison Rose, soprano
Tristan Humbleton, bass-baritone
Harry Sever, conductor
Students/ Concessions £10
King’s Lynn Festival
Sunday, July 17th – 10.00 AM (?) – King’s Lynn Minster
Festival service including music by RVW
Monday, July 25th – 11.00 am – Town Hall
The Hill Quartet – Ben Mead – piano
Tenor – TBC
Vaughan Williams. ‘On Wenlock Edge’
Saturday, July 29th – 2.30 pm Town Hall
Recital/lecture based on the book ‘A Norfolk Rhapsody’ by Elizabeth James and Jill Bennet, inspired by a lecture RVW gave in the town in 1952.
July 30th – Corn Exchange 7.30 pm
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (cond. & soloist – TBC)
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Beethoven Symphony No.7
September 21st 7.30 pm
Assembly Room (Town Hall)
King’s Lynn Music Society
‘RVW – A Life Through Music’ JT -talk.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Sunday 29th May
St Andrew’s Hall
Vaughan Williams Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
Vaughan Williams Five Tudor Portraits (Commissioned for the Festival in 1936)
Mozart. Divertimento in D major, K. 136
Norwich Philharmonic Chorus
William Vann -conductor
Tickets £7.50 – £40.00
Saturday, November 5th 7.30pm St Andrew’s Hall
Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
Vaughan Williams Symphony No 7 – ‘Sinfonia Antartica‘
Rest of programme TBC
Bury St Edmunds
Saturday 15th October 2022. 7.30pm – St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
Symphony No.1 – ‘A Sea Symphony’
Symphony No.2 – ‘A London Symphony’
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Leslie Olive, conductor
Thaxted Festival, Essex
Thaxted Festival 2022 With its origins in Gustav Holst’s 1916 Whitsun Festival.
Venue in Thaxted Parish Church.
1st July Mass in G Minor. (Kings College London Choir and the English Chamber Orchestra, together with Holst’s ‘Cloud Messenger’ conductor Joseph Fort)
2nd July Songs of Travel. (Roderick Williams and Susie Allan) (There will be a RVW inspired new commission by Sarah Cattley with exact details tbc).
Andrew Jenkins – Artistic Director
Hadleigh Choral Society
St Mary’s Church Hadleigh
Saturday, April 2nd. 7.30 pm
Hadleigh Choral Society
Five Mystical Songs
Granta Chorale – Saffron Walden
Saturday 2nd April 2022 7.30 pm
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden
Price: £15, with under 25s £5.
Mass in G minor (1922)
Lark Ascending (violin & piano version, 1914)
Three Shakespeare Songs (1951)
Four of the Five English Folk Songs (1913)
Rhosymedre (from the Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes )
‘O Western Wind’ – An Anniversary (2021) by Sarah Cattley – Stainer & Bell new commission.
The programme, which will be a mixture of music and dramatic readings about RVW in Saffron Walden and the London Field Ambulance
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 4th December 7.30 pm
Venue: Saffron Hall
RVW In the Fen Country
Korngold – Violin Concerto (Alex Redington- soloist)
Shostakovich – Symphony No.12.
Richard Hull – Director
Across the County of Suffolk
Promoted by Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
‘The Lark’s Flight over Suffolk’ Summer 2022
‘The Lark Ascending’ (orchestral version) ‘The Lark’s Flight over Suffolk’ tells the story of ‘The Lark Ascending’ and of RVW’s life, his triumphs and his disappointments, in music and words. The Lark Ascending features along with his Oboe Concerto and other captivating music by this outstanding and influential British composer.’
Launching at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 30th June 2022, ‘The Lark’s Flight’ will then go on tour to five further venues around the county of Suffolk as well as RVW himself (played by an actor). There will be a small orchestra of 14 musicians and soloists.
“The Lark’s Flight” is directed by conductor Leslie Olive.
Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal Thursday 30 June 7.30pm
Eye, Town Hall Friday 1 July 7.30pm
Aldeburgh, Jubilee Hall Sunday 3 July 4.00pm (time tbc)
Carlton Marshes, Visitor Centre (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) Friday 8 July 7.30pm
Felixstowe, St Andrew’s Church Saturday 9 July 7.30pm
Hadleigh, Church Sunday 10 July 4.00pm (time tbc)
8th – 9th October
We will certainly be including RVW choral music in the services during this weekend.
Ashley Grote – Director of Music
(Ashley was the Assistant Organist in Gloucester for the 50th anniversary of his death, when there was a festival there, with Gloucester Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Compiled by John Treadway (20 Jan 2022)